The ability to organize research to create improved technologies and techniques in agriculture is one of the world's most important innovation processes. This website provides insights and tools on how to achieve this complicated task.
Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports released today by IPBES, written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries.
This World Water Day, the theme of which is ‘Nature for Water’, WorldFish and IWMI, key partners in the CGIAR FISH, reflect on how improved dam operation and reservoir management can mitigate the often negative impacts of large dams on natural fish stocks.
Diana Suhardiman, a Lao-based senior researcher for policy and institutions at the International Water Management Institute, tells SciDev.Net that while the initiative will help fill information gaps in water management, it could move beyond neutral and apolitical framing of data.
Sri Lanka Daily News. Colombo is drying up—literally. Since the 1980s, the city has lost almost 60 percent of its wetland area. Today, on World Wetlands Day, it’s more crucial than ever to consider why all of this matters—and why the fight to save Colombo’s remaining wetlands is one that should involve each and every one of us.
Roar Media. The importance of Colombo’s wetlands—and indeed wetlands in all major cities, globally—cannot be overstated. They are a vital cog in the health and wellbeing of the city’s ecosystem. They are a natural defence against flooding, provide a no-cost sewage network, and grant fertility to the farms and paddy fields that feed the population.
Growing water scarcity and degradation pose rapidly growing challenges to global food security and human well-being. Unless important policy reforms are undertaken today, water scarcity and pollution will adversely affect most, if not all, livelihoods in the coming decades.
By Linh Tong. The latest Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy took place from October 25-27 in Yangon, Myanmar. This forum is the biggest annual affair aiming to raise awareness and share research-based knowledge about sustainable development in the Greater Mekong region among NGOs, policymakers, private entities, and development agencies.
How many different ways can you measure a river? By its length and how many countries it passes through? The volume of water flowing along its course? The number of species it supports? Marc Goichot of WWF reports on the Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy.
Development decisions are often framed and made with limited engagement with local communities. A new book examines collective action and shows how it can provide us with a better definition of development that ensures its benefits and risks are shared more fairly.